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Poster: dead-head_Monte Date: Dec 1, 2009 12:51pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: scary Dark Star - how about June 10

How about the Dark Star from June 10? It was very scary. Actually, I still believe more people went to see The Allman Bros than went to see GD. 100,000-plus Heads watched our boys play 1st on Saturday. It was June 9, sunny, very hot - about 100 or more degrees. June 9 sounded virtually as awesome as June 10. The vibes were different for June 9, is all. This means that everything they played "only" on June 9 should be lumped in with June 10... like China / Rider, China Doll, Tenn Jed, Loose Lucy, etc. I think I'm the only one besides Dick Latvala that's ever touted June 9, 1973. I even went back and patched the missing ending for Sug Mag, for the June 9 SBD. This was a few months later, after I put out my AUDs — it's like, "who cares about June 9?" I'm thinking, how about 100,000 of us?


A few people have said 6/10/73 is "over-rated." Why? I cannot explain the half-million-plus d/l count on The Archive. But — The Sound was fucking incredible! Not to mention, Dark Star - certainly one of the top 10 ever played. Tapes don't lie. People don't get it sometimes. It's useless to concede this nonsense. Is it maybe 'cause only 10,000 of us stuck around after the show ended on Sunday? ... and then they boys came back out and told us to "stick around, we're going to play some more with The Allmans." It was WAY too late for the 100,000 people that were taking off after The Allmans played first. People were leaving in droves after The Allmans finished. And, many of these people still thought Duane Allman was playing, even though he died 20 months earlier. By the time GD took the stage for set 1 on Sunday, maybe 20,000 of us were still there when they played their first notes of the Dew opener. Some people dispute my assertion that Sunday was a 8-hour show, in total. I imagine that these were the people who were driving home on I-95 during The set 3 Jam, having just left RFK stadium.

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Poster: dead-head_Monte Date: Oct 31, 2009 1:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: scary Dark Star - how about June 10

June 10, 1973
re: Dark Star

Reviewer: John Zias star.pngstar.pngstar.pngstar.pngstar.png
Subject: Simply the Best

This is the benchmark aud for conveying the power of the Grateful Dead during one of their great periods. I commend my friend Monte Barry for preserving this gem, as my cassette had worn out years ago. The interplay between Jerry and Phil is astounding.

I once told my wife, (who adores this Dark Star), that if I leave before her, to shoot me into Space with this Dark Star as my soundtrack!

How about this Dark Star played by John Zias, Tom Constanten, and sensational bassist Bradley Rhea? wtf, who? Yep, they're playing this DS recently in Chicago. It's my belief that John and Bradley are the best Jer & Phil modern-day interplay you can hear and witness these days. John and I are old NJ Dead-Head pals from the early 70s. John has played with Phil Lesh. John and TC are playing again in early 2010, hopefully - I believe, w/ more Bradley Rhea.

John's website is full of fantastic live music.

Look, never mind I said anything. Listen to this itty-bitty track, and tell me I'm crazy.
China / Rider transition jam

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Nov 2, 2009 8:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Thank you Monte

Superb. Thanks for the redirect - I have been listening to the Earth Bombs Mars shows on the Archive for about 5 years now. Connecting them to John Zias is a bonus - many thanks.

Shady Grove from this show is chilling.......

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Poster: angular Date: Oct 31, 2009 2:25pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: scary Dark Star - how about June 10

Very nice. Well worth checkin out. WHY isn't this guy in the Furthur lead insted of the yahoo that is there now?

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Poster: dead-head_Monte Date: Oct 31, 2009 4:04pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: scary Dark Star - how about June 10

Thanks for your comments. I would encourage anyone interested in hearing this music to contact John and mention me by name. I think these artists could dig some gigs.

I am struggling with even posting this here. He's one of my dearest old musician friends. John is the dude that named me, "Monte Barry at the door." After an initial love of "the live" GD sound - which came after hearing my 1st boot tapes by fall of '72, I started hanging out hugely with the best local musicians. I was a roadie, punk soundman, and collected the cover-charge at the door many times for them. Since the pay was a big deal, the name stuck.

John, his wife, and his daughter were just here and visited me this past June. We all went out and hiked together at a special and very cool place nearby Laramie named "Vedauwoo." While we were driving there, he played a CD of some of his recent live music. That's when he turned me onto bassist Bradley Rhea and him playing together.